We do a lot more cooking way uptown — there just aren’t as many options for eating out or delivery as there were in Brooklyn, which is mostly a boon — but sometimes neither of us gets home till 10pm, and nobody feels like doing anything more than reheating leftovers or prepared foods.
The other upside to living up here is our proximity to Edgewater, New Jersey, and specifically to the Mitsuwa supermarket, where we go pretty often for the best ramen in NYC (yes, in NJ) and occasionally to pick up superfresh seafood for our favorite crab- and roe-topped chirashi-style sushi bowl or grilled eel. Somehow I feel less guilty about buying and eating prepared Asian items — maybe because it’s unlikely that I’ll ever make japchae or eel myself. And Mitsuwa’s eel is really, really good.
Above, grilled eel with sliced avocado and leftover mashed butternut squash with mascarpone. Rice is obligatory with the eel.